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Carl A. Vitz

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Carl A. Vitz

Posted: 6 Aug 2006 9:32PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Vitz, Jacob & Fowerbaugh
"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 557

Carl A. Vitz. Six miles out from the city of Huntington, southeast on the prairie road, is located the pleasant homestead of Carl A. Vitz. Mr. Vitz has a delightful home, a fine farm of seventy-seven and a half acres, and his own industry, combined with the good judgment and thrifty management of his wife, has brought about a degree of prosperity that places him among the substantial citizens, and the name is spoken only with respect and esteem in that section of Huntington county. His position in the community can best be judged by the fact that his fellow citizens have honored him with election to the office of trustee of Union township, and in that capacity he is giving a most excellent administration of the important responsibilities entrusted by law to the township trustees in Indiana. Mr. Vitz is thorough believer in the principle of public education, uses all his efforts and influence to extend the beneficent activities of the local schools, just the man to fill the administrative office of which he is incumbent.

Carl A. Vitz was born in the city of Huntington April 25, 1864, a son of Rev. Peter and Anna M. (Jacob) Vitz. Peter Vitz was born in Germany in October, 1825, was educated in Heidelberg University, and in 1853 came to America. For a number of years he was a minister of the German Reform church and his death occurred in the city of Huntington.

There was a family of ten children, mentioned as follows: John F., a farmer in Union township; Rev. Martin, now an instructor in the Mission House at Sheboygan; J. Otto, a minister at Louisville, Kentucky; Henry W., a minister at Indianapolis; Carl A.; Martha M., wife of Rev. P. S. Kohler, of Sutton, Nebraska; Emma M., wife of Rev. H. B. Robrock, of St. Louis, Missouri; Rev. O. P. Vitz, of Rising Sun, Indiana; Anna L., wife of Ernest Eberhart, of Indianapolis; Rev. Nathan E. Vitz of Defiance, Ohio.

Carl A. Vitz was reared in Huntington until he was six years of age, and the ministerial duties of his father made it necessary for the home to be transferred from place to place, and at these various places of residence he received his education in the local schools. In 1882 Mr. Vitz returned to Huntington, and three years later in 1885 married Miss Anna M. Fowerbaugh. She was born in Huntington county in October, 1865, a daughter of William Fowerbaugh, a pioneer of this county. Her education was acquired in the parochial schools of Huntington. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Vitz located in Union township, where they have lived for upwards of thirty years. They are the parents of three children, namely: Peter W., a graduate of the Union Township high school, and the State Normal, and now superintendent of the Union Township high school; Edward M., a graduate of the Union Township school, who is a progressive young farmer; Meta M., a graduate of the high school and a teacher in Union township. The family are all active members of the German Reformed church at Huntington, and the son, Edward M., is one of the deacons in that church. In politics Mr. Vitz has long been one of the leaders in local Democracy, and was elected on the Democratic ticket to his present office.

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